a physical disability. how do you feel about being a bit of a trailblazer? yeah, i think it's really awesome. it shows the way that the show and life in general is going. this country, this world, we need more inclusion, we need more of this. as well as new contestants, there is also a new head judge. shirley ballas taking over from len goodman. i don't feel too much pressure because i feel i have a good experienced team around me. so they've been taking care of me today. i don't feel any pressure at the moment, but we will see on the night. next month's launch show will give the public their first chance to see the new contestants in action. it will also be an opportunity for the programme and the viewers to remember sir bruce, a man who helped make strictly one of the most popular shows on tv. lizo mzimba, bbc news. i feel nervous just watching that. let's move on. time for a look at the weather. here's tomasz schafernaker. tough times in texas.
absolutely, wanted to give a perspective of how much rainfall has fallen in texas, historic rainfall, about over a metre, they could get another 0.4 of the meter and if that happens it is two and a half to three times what london gets in a year. and that has come in just a few days. the red symbol is the centre of the storm, that is what drives the weather system so dreadful conditions continuing. a bit of blue skies and cloud across the uk, hit and bit of blue skies and cloud across the uk, hitand miss buta bit of blue skies and cloud across the uk, hit and miss but a lot more cloudy compared to what we had yesterday. yesterday was the warmest late august bank holiday monday in decades. today the temperature has already dropped in many areas, quite already dropped in many areas, quite a lot of cloud, we are in the mid—20s, quite far north yesterday,
today down to 17 but retaining some of the heat in the south—east, could be up to around 26,27, of the heat in the south—east, could be up to around 26, 27, 28, warm in the far south—east. could be a crack of thunder, chance of a bit of rain, but for most of us it's a relatively clear night, quite fresh and steadily turning fresher in the south as well. different day tomorrow, tomorrow across the southern half of the uk there will be even more cloud and a greater chance of catching rain, could be heavy rain for a time but some of it is moving to the east. i think overall it's the south—east tomorrow which will get the biggest cloud and the more persistent rain, this is what it looks like around 4pm. east anglia, london, centralsouthern england getting rainfall. temperatures in the teams for most of us but west are now northern
areas it's a different stories. 17 in belfast, 15 in glasgow, still quite fresh but at least you have sunshine but occasionally there will be some showers around. that rain in the south—east will continue into the south—east will continue into the evening but you get a sense the weather front is moving out of the scene as well so the weather will be improving into thursday and thursday and friday it's a mixture of sun and showers and as we head into the weekend the good news is the weather is looking a bit better. that's all from the bbc news at 0ne, so it's goodbye from me — and on bbc one we nowjoin the bbc‘s news teams where you are. have a good afternoon. at headingley, they take their hero seriously, preserving forever their heads and headlines of famous cricketing men are fewer, but would this be the day leeds saw a lancastrian make history? it's lunch on day five of the second test between england and the west indies. the tourists are chasing 322 to win
the match and square the three—match series. 0ur reporter patrick gearey is at headingly. patrick, england need eight wickets after lunch. it's in the balance, isn't it? very much so. we are not sure which way this absorbing contest that is going to go because at lunch, on the fifth day, that is a reflection of how good it has been. england are still just about favourite having taken still just about favourite having ta ke n two still just about favourite having taken two did this morning, the first kieran powell who was caught by ben stokes of stuart broad who has bowled well and he was also involved in the second wicket, deflecting the ball onto the stumps and running out kyle hope who was backing up at the non—striker ‘s end. he can consider himself u nfortu nate. end. he can consider himself unfortunate. brathwaite got away
with one and he is still at the crease alongside shai hope. they batted for a long putt on the second day and if they can replicate that in the second innings then the windies might get close to that victory target of 322 but equally they could save the test match for a draw but england will feel if they get one of these two out quickly after lunch they will be the favourites to wrap up this test match today. all three results still possible, don't take your eyes off this one. thank you. there is coverage because on test match rational. —— test match special. just two days to go until the summer transfer window closes and it's looking increasingly like alex 0xlade—chamberlain will be leaving arsenal to join chelsea. the england midfielder‘s contract expires next summer, but he's so far turned down the chance to commit his future at the emirates. the two clubs have agreed a fee of £40 million for the england international.
—— the two clubs. arsenal want any deal to be completed as quickly as possible. stoke have signed defender kevin wimmer from tottenham for £18 million on a five—year—deal. the austrian becomes stoke's seventh arrival this summer. and liverpool have confirmed a deal for rb leipzig's naby keita tojoin the club next summer. liverpool have agreed to pay the £48 million release clause that allows the guinea international to move to anfield next year. and jordan pickford has been ruled out of england's world cup qualifiers against malta and slovakia with a muscle injury. the uncapped everton keeper picked up the injury during sunday's premier league defeat at chelsea. johanna konta's wait for a maiden tennis grand slam continues. the british number one's been knocked out in the first round of the us open, losing to the unseeded serbian aleksandra krunic. konta was among the favourites for the title and could have ended the tournament as world number one. konta took the first set, but the world number 78 fought back
to leave konta still looking for that elusive first grand slam title. it would be quite obnoxious of me to come in here expecting that i have a right to be in the second week. i am very much aware that to get that opportunity i need to work very hard. so, me losing in the first round is not ideal, as it is not for anybody. anybody coming here wants to be in for as long as possible. but i lost to a better player today. unfortunately, that is how sport goes. there was a successful return to grand slam tennis for maria sharapova following her is—month doping ban. the russian beat world number two simona halep in three sets. sharapova was given a wild card to enter the main draw. she's currently ranked 146th in the world. we have just competed against each other so well in the past and i have produced some good tennis.
and despite not playing a lot of matches coming into this, it almost seemed like i had no right to win this match today and i somehow did and i think that is what i'm most proud of. aljaz bedene flies the flag for britain today at flushing meadows. he takes on andrey rublev. world number one rafael nadal takes on dusan lajovic. while defending champion angelique kerber makes her tournament bow against naomi 0saka. that's all sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport and i'll have more in the next hour. thank you. let's get an update on the story dominating the news today, the story dominating the news today, the missile fired by north korea over northern japan which landed in the pacific prompting a lot of
international outrage as you would expect. the un security council is expected to meet later today to discuss the situation. in the last few minutes, the prime minister has strongly condemned north korea forfiring a missile overjapan. this is what theresa may had to say. these actions by north korea is reckless provocation, these are illegal tests and we strongly condemn them. there will be an emergency meeting of the un security council later this afternoon and we will continue to work with our international partners to put pressure on north korea to stop the illegal tests and of course i will have the opportunity with my visit to japan have the opportunity with my visit tojapan in the have the opportunity with my visit to japan in the next few days to be discussing these issues with prime minister abe. that visit is clearly still going ahead, would you have any reservations about your own safety going? no, i'm absolutely clear that trip to japan will go ahead and gives me the opportunity
to sit down with prime minister abe in the next few days and discuss the actions of north korea. these are illegal tests and we strongly condemn them and we will be working with japan and other international partners to ensure the pressure is put on north korea to stop this illegal action. theresa may speaking in the last few minutes. we will talk more about that story after 2pm. a number of women are having to undergo hysterectomies to remove a sterilisation device used on the nhs. the essure implant is used to permanently sterilise women, but can cause side effects and complications including severe pain. the manufacturer says essure is safe and the benefits outweigh the risks. the sale of the implants in the eu was temporarily suspended this month for "commercial reasons". the victoria derbyshire programme's jean mackenzie has this exclusive report. it felt like i was being stabbed repeatedly, over and over, and there was this hot, burning pain that never ended. laura remembers being fitted
with essure, an implant used by the nhs to sterilise women. i went from being a mum that was doing everything with her children, to a mum that spent most of her days in bed, unable to move without pain, to basically being a shell of myself and at one point suicidal. the small coils which are made from nickel and polyester are inserted into the fallopian tubes. they are designed to trigger inflammation which causes scar tissue to build up, eventually blocking the tubes. if you look what it is made of, you start to get worried immediately. 10% of women are sensitive to nickel, there is an immediate problem, but it is also made of a compound which is present in this, pet. when you heat this bottle up, it will release compounds that are potentially dangerous into the water. that heating happens in the human body. while essure works well for many
women, thousands have reported side—effects and complications around the world. we have seen a list of problems the nhs has had with the device. these include the device perforating the fallopian tubes, moving around and attaching to the stomach lining, being incorrectly placed and causing pain. i felt like i was a failure as a mother, that i was not the mum that i used to be, that i should be, that i was a burden on everybody around me that was having to pick up the pieces. i really felt i couldn't go on. when women have complications it often requires a hysterectomy to remove the coils. how much evidence do you want to be in a position where you go, let's withdraw this device? this was a seriously bad idea. i think it has a place for women who cannot have a keyhole operation and they understand the risks and benefits of the device very clearly. do you think with this procedure or with this device
the benefits outweigh the risk? would i suggest it is a procedure for my wife? well, i don't think i would because i think for her there are probably very suitable alternatives which probably have a better safety profile. this month the sale of essure was temporarily suspended across the eu. questions are being asked. but the regulator and manufacturer both stress this product is safe and many women have no side effects. i wish i had never had it put inside of me or lived through things that nobody should ever have to live through. nobody should go through what i went through and yet there are so many women that still are. and you can see the full film on the victoria derbyshire website at bbc.co.uk/victoria. mps have been urged to launch
an enquiry after it was revealed that a five—year—old christian girl in tower hamlets was repotedly placed into foster care with a non—english speaking muslim family. the fostering process requires a child's cultural background to be taken into consideration when being placed with a family. neil carmichael, the former mp who launched an enquiry into foster care, spoke to victoria derbyshire this morning. obviously the children's commissioner will be launching an inquiry and she has said that and quite right too. i think the outcome of the decisions that were made in tower hamlets about this particular child have not been taking into account the proper processes and it is very clear that cultural and language issues should be taken into account and they were not because the outcome would have been different if they had been. what we have to do is ask a few questions about the number of foster carers available in tower hamlets and elsewhere, whether or not the council was consulting other councils because of course it is not just foster carers within their geographical area that can help, there are other possibilities.
but the central point you make is the right one, that there are not enough foster carers which is one of the reasons why it is important to think carefully about the support they get from the councils that they operate under, and that they do get appropriate payment and support wherever it is needed. tower hamlets council has given us this statement. "we do not recognise the story that was written in the times. our legal team have corresponded with them about the story which poses a serious risk of identifying a child in our care so understandably we cannot comment much wider than that but we would urge serious restraint and responsibility in covering the story." there is a new video game launching today,
but it's actually more of an experiment. scientists are using it to study dementia by measuring navigation skills, one of the earliest things to decline in people with the disease. james gallagher has the story and has been to play the game. prepare to enter a virtual world. you are now captain of a boat. your challenge is to use your sense of direction to chart a course through complex waterways and icy oceans and even feed hotdog—loving sea monsters. but this is not only a game. it's collecting anonymous data while you play as part of the biggest dementia experiment in the world. this doesn't feel like medical research. it's fun. but one of the first things to go with dementia is our ability to navigate, and that's what you can test in virtual reality.
the first version of this game was a smartphone app that had three million players and gave unprecedented insight into how our sense of direction declines with age. but making the leap into virtual reality will allow scientists to study dementia in greater detail. the value for us is to create a much richer data set. we're capturing 15 times more data from the vr version because we are separating out where their head looks and where the boats are moving. researchers hope that spotting unusual declines in navigational ability could eventually be used to test for dementia at its earliest stage. one by one... his memories were lost. 850,000 people are already living with the disease in the uk. that figure is forecast to reach two million by 2051. most will have had the disease for more than a decade before their symptoms appear. what we really want to be doing is trying to identify people
with dementia ten or 15 years earlier than we do at the moment with our classic ways of diagnosis. a game like sea hero quest and understanding how we navigate will help us get to that much earlier diagnosis. this technology still has a long way to go but it is only by diagnosing dementia early that there is any hope of preventing the irreversible damage to the brain. james gallagher, bbc news. in the moment we will have the latest business news but first the headlines. simon have sounded in japan as north korea fires missile over the country. president trump says all options are on the table —— sirens. floodwaters continue to rise in houston in texas where many thousands of people have already been forced from their homes by tropical storm harvey. a four—year—old boy has died after being found in a swimming pool at an activity centre in devon.
i'm ben bland. in the business news... the uk's biggest firms will have to reveal how much more their chief executives are paid compared with the average worker. it's part of government plans to improve transparency around pay for top bosses and to give workers more power in the boardroom. 0pposition mps and trade unions say the plans don't got far enough. more than half of people who were mis—sold payment protection insurance, or ppi, may not have claimed compensation yet and there's now a final deadline to do so. the regulator is launching an advertising campaign to encourage people to act before a deadline to claim runs out in two years. many refineries have shut and almost a fifth of oil and gas production in the gulf of mexico has been suspended amid the largest storm to hit in the us in more than a decade. analysts expect the economic impact of the storm to pass $40 billion. have you been mis—sold ppi,
payment protection insurance? like me, you've probably had quite a few calls asking that question but if you're going to claim, you'd better get a move on. from today you've only got two years left. that is when the cut—off agreed by the financial conduct authority kicks in. ppi has been an unbelievably big dealfor banks and consumers — about 12 million people have made a claim, and nearly £30 billion has been paid out by banks. guy anker is the managing editor of moneysavingexpert.com. seeing as everyone has heard of ppi and the mis—selling of it, why have so and the mis—selling of it, why have so many people not yet claimed if they are entitled to? it is an interesting question, almost 30 billion has been paid out but large
swathes have not claimed. it might be perceived as a hassle but an hour of paperwork for potential of four figure sum is a good rate. you mentioned the cold calls we get it might be perceived as a scam by some people even though it is a very real possibility for millions. you mentioned fourfigures, on possibility for millions. you mentioned four figures, on average how much are these pay—outs worth? we regulate the pay—outs of trees as sometimes more. going back to the deadline, some people might think two years, they have plenty of time —— we regularly see pay—outs of £3000. there is already a large backlog and it can take a year for some claims so the sooner you get yours in the higher up the queue you are. we should warn that people can claim but how do they do that without losing a cut to the middleman? using claims companies
should be avoided unless you really do not understand what is going on because they can take 30% which could be hundreds of pounds so we encourage people to do it themselves. we have templates, so do which, there are a lot of do—it—yourself for free ways to claim ppi. and often the work involved in doing it yourself is not that much different to giving the claims company the required information. much better than losing a few hundred pounds. thank you very much. here's a look at some other stories with following today. 0utsourcing firm mitie is being investigated by regulators over the timing of a profit warning made in september last year. last september shares in mitie slumped by a quarter after it warned that profits would be hit by lower uk growth, rising labour costs and public spending cuts. amazon officially took over whole foods yesterday in a deal that cost the online giant nearly $14 billion. and it wasted no time in cutting costs, slashing prices on popular
items like avocados and apples by a third as it bid to shake off its reputation for high prices. kenyans face up to four years in prison and fines of up to 4 million kenyan shillings — that's nearly £30,000 — if they sell or use plastic bags. the financial times reports that kenya has imposed the world's toughest laws to reduce plastic pollution with a ban applying to the use, manufacture and importation of plastic bags. a quick look at the markets. the ftse 100 is down — earlier it hit a i6—week low. when there are big geopolitical tensions like north korea firing a missile overjapan, investors tend to move money from riskier stocks and put them into safe havens like government bonds and gold. with the gold price up, that has boosted shares in companies that mine gold and precious metals. meanwhile the effect of storm harvey in the us has
weighed on the dollar — it's down against the euro and the pound. the euro has hit $1.20 for the first time since january 2015. that is all the business news for now, i will be back in an hour. thank you. the source of a suspected chemical haze which drifted in from the sea yesterday in sussex is still not known. people on several beaches had to be evacuated and around 150 people received hospital treatment after reporting vomiting and irritation. officers say they don't now believe the toxic cloud came from northern france. they still don't know what caused so many people to fall ill. that is
maryland where president trump is due to take off shortly because he is on his way to texas to visit some of the areas so very badly affected by storm harvey. he's not going to houston, where we have reported a lot on that dreadful situation, you can see him there with the first lady, but they will be going to take off shortly to visit some of the other badly affected areas. it is thought he will go to the state capital, austin, and the coastal city of corpus christi as well. hundreds of thousands of people either have been or are likely to be affected by the storm and it is
thought about 30,000 people are going to require emergency accommodation. the president is on his way to the state capital to see the relief effort and, one assumes, to talk to some of the people who have been forced to leave their homes. we don't know the full agenda but he is going to the region to see what is happening with the relief effort. we are keeping an eye on that of course. so much rain in houston and other areas in the last few days. forecasters are saying that more rain is expected, a considerable amount in the coming days. for so many people it is, reg retta bly, days. for so many people it is, regrettably, far from over. days. for so many people it is, regrettably, farfrom over. the president is now on his way to texas to see the relief effort. we will hear more about that in our own weather forecast and we can get the latest now.
you are right, expecting a lot more rainfall in the coming days, they have already had over one metre in the last few days which is an historic amount. there is another 0.4 metres possible which is an incredible amount, more than twice the amount of london gets in a whole year. we are talking about all of that in a short space, a few days, and most of that in an even shorter time so it is pretty incredible. this is the radar. this red symbol is the centre of the storm where the winds are rotating and that is what is driving and sucks in the moisture of the ocean. back home, blue skies and this was cumbria, a mix of weather. clearly a lot more crowd in northern areas on the satellite picture in the next few hours and
retaining some of that sunshine and some warmth in the south—east. this is the short term, clouds and a few spots of rain in the midlands, maybe this south—east, also some showers in scotland. temperatures are a lot lower, yesterday we had them well into the 20s but more like the teens today but we are retaining some of that warmth in the south—east with highs in the upper 20s. that is the exception rather than what most of us exception rather than what most of us have. delight some rain in southern areas, a little hit and miss as you can see, “— southern areas, a little hit and miss as you can see, —— tonight. foremost a clear night and on wednesday, whether funds are affecting southern parts, we are forecasting some rain and possibly affecting wales and the south—west of england —— weather fronts. but most of the rain tomorrow is going to fall from about central and southern england, home counties and eat anglia into the south—east.
tomorrow it will not be pleasant, temperatures as low as 14 or 15. compared to the rest of the country, not so great, the rest with western and northern areas having more sunshine. 16 or 17 degrees and a few showers dotted around. but not too many. and on wednesday evening you can see the rain is still in the south—east but slowly pushing away to affect our neighbours. and on thursday and friday, a mixture of sunshine and showers, quite a few around on thursday but it looks like by the time we get to the weekend, especially saturday, it is looking good. this is bbc news.
the headlines: siren sirens sound as north korea fires a missile overjapan — the country's prime minister says it's an ‘unprecedented threat‘. more than 30,000 people forced from their homes in texas in catastrophic flooding — another foot of rain is forecast. we have lost everything. to be moved away from your home, this kind of trauma... you just need to be loved. president trump is on his way to texas to see the flooding first—hand. police are investigating the death of a 4—year— old boy at a swimming pool in north devon. also in the next hour: accusations of ‘whitewashing' in hollywood.